Mel's Diner


Mel's Diner

Mel's Diner was the setting for the 1976-1985 American TV Series Alice. It was a roadside diner on the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona that served locals and truckers alike. It had a counter, two large booths, and a couple of tables. Although one of the three waitresses, Alice, was the main character, the show revolved around all the waitresses and Mel Sharples, the owner and cook. Most scenes of the show took place in the diner as well. The diner setting was so intertwined with the show that the series itself is often referred to erroneously as "Mel's Diner."

The large outside shot of the diner with the giant coffee cup sometimes seen in the opening credits of "Alice" is of a real Mel's Diner (1747 NW Grand Avenue) which is still in operation in Phoenix, the city in which "Alice" took place.

The restaurant in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, the movie on which the series Alice was based, was called "Mel & Ruby's Cafe," and was located in Tucson, Arizona.


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